THE female trade flew at the Hereford Cattle Society’s autumn show and sale, held at Hereford Market, with a new market record set for a Hereford female as Shraden 1 Alice P809 from MJ and HM Timmis, Baschurch reached 7,500gns, selling to J D Hodge, Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
By Dendor 1 Knuckle-duster and out of Shraden 1 Alice C198, this fine heifer also took the female championship in the pre-sale show. With the 2018 Royal Welsh Show female champion title also to its name, this March-2017 heifer sits in the top 5 per cent for retail beef yield and top 10 per cent for milk in the breed.
Across the board, cattle forward cleared at a rate of 73 per cent, while show heifers cleared at 89 per cent, with an average price of £3,425.63.
Selling at 3,100gns was Spartan 1 Amy from SC Hartwright, Abingdon, going home with Uel Shaw, Dungannon. This April 2017-born heifer is by Bosa 1 Hereward and out of Eldersfield 1 Amy K916 and after running with Bromley 1 Mystery, is due to calve in December.
Not far behind at 3,000gns was Romany 1 Lucy K956 R16 from the Hereford Cattle Society’s national herd of the year – JRB Wilson and sons’ Kelso-based Romany herd. Its sire Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956 was reserve senior champion at the 2017 Royal Highland Show.
Two heifers from J and W McMordie’s well-known Solpoll herd, County Down made 2,600gns and another from RJ Windsor, Nantwich was knocked down at the same price.
Females not entered in the pre-sale show also saw strong demand with 94 per cent forward selling at an average price of £1,324.62.
Bulls cleared at 57 per cent, securing an average of £2,933.44
Averages – 8 show heifers, £3,425.63; 16 bulls, £2,933.44; 13 for sale only females, £1,324.62.